Rev. Lee Gray

Lee is a native Charlottean and grew up in Providence Baptist Church. In 1993, he received his BA in Religion & Philosophy at Campbell University. In 1998, he received his Masters of Divinity from the Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. During seminary, Lee served as summer intern at both Providence Baptist and Shamrock Drive Baptist churches in Charlotte. Then, in 1997, Lee served St. John’s as a ministry intern and became the Minister for Youth and Young Adults in 1998.

In working with the youth he oversees the Sunday School Ministry and plans and leads the Sunday evening programming, mission trips and a variety of local mission outings, as well as other youth trips and programs. The youth department of St. John’s has a 25 year history of building houses with Habitat for Humanity. Aside from local mission projects, the youth of St. John’s also seek to understand and learn from other Christian and non-Christian faith communities. Earth care is also an emphasis for the youth ministry.

In addition to youth, Lee also engages and reaches out to the college students of St. John’s and works alongside a young adult leadership team in their ministries. Other ministry roles include the coordination of the children and youth basketball program and men’s basketball and softball teams. He also serves as the staff liaison to the very active Mission Resource team of St. John’s. Lee is currently serving as the moderator of the United Baptist Association which supports ministry to the homeless at Hope Chapel.

Lee is the father of two boys, Wilson and Warren, and enjoys walking and exploring nature with them, as well supporting them in school and extra-curricular activities. Lee is an avid reader with both broad and spiritual interests. His favorite books include Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything, and The Meaning of Jesus by Marcus Borg and N.T. Wright. Due to his father having season tickets to N.C. State football games for 55 years, Lee is an avid Wolfpack fan. His other interests include playing basketball and enjoying ethnic foods of all types.